Irving Penn's Extraordinary Portrait Photographs
Irving Penn's Wife and Model Lisa Fonssagrives
Irving Penn Portraitist Extraordinaire
At age 90 Irving Penn, the dean of American portrait photographers, continues his work in New York City. As did Richard Avedon, Penn began at Vogue magazine in the 1940s. Penn's portraits span time and subjects unmatched by any other photographer. [Irving Penn died October 7, 2009 at age 92.]
An exhibition of his work entitled "Close Encounters: Irving Penn Portraits of Artists and Writers" organized by Peter Barberie at the Morgan Library in New York City. The exhibit displays portraits of Picasso, Simone de Beauvoir, Woody Allen, Ingmar Bergman, H.L. Mencken, Marcel Duchamps, Jean Cocteau, S.J. Perelman, Carson McCullers, Arthur Miller, Orson Welles, Jasper Johns and other artists and writers. A NYTimes slide show sampling of Penn's "Close Encounters" exhibit is linked below along with Karen Rosenberg's article in the Times.
Irving Penn Photo Collection Auction at Christies NY April 15
- N.Y. Times 1-29-09--67 Penn Photos to be Auctioned April 15
Patricia McCabe died in 2004, and Penn in October. By the time of her death, she had amassed 67 photographs, which Christies will sell in a single-artist sale in New York on April 14. All told, they are expected to fetch $1.3 million to $2 million.
10-07-08 NYTimes Irving Penn Dead at 92
- Irving Penn Dead at 92
Irving Penn, one of the 20th century's most influential photographers of fashion and the famous, whose signature blend of classical elegance and cool minimalism was recognizable to magazine readers and museum goers worldwide, died at 92.
10-19-09 Adam Gopnik on Irving Penn in the New Yorker
- Irving Penn : The New Yorker
Adam Gopnik remembers Irving Penn. Penn was an instinctive popular classicist, with a magical gift for visual rhythm, for making something insignificant insignificant...look as inevitable as an 18th century still life.
Richard Avedon portrait by Irving Penn
"The Exalted, Captured But Not Bowed" by Karen Rosenberg in the NYTimes 1-18-08
"Close Encournters Slide Show" courtesy of the NYTimes
Irving Penn "Platinum Prints"
Irving Penn wikibio
Blaise Cendrars and His wife, Raymone Duchateau
Cafe in Lima
Irving Penn Among the Great Masters
- Master Photographers presented by photography-now.net - The International Photography Index.
Irving Penn, Ansel Adams, Edward Weston, Edward Steichen, Diane Arbus, Eugene Atget, Richard Avedon, Manuel Bravo, Walker Evans, Andre Kertesz, Robert Mapplethorpe, Alfred Stieglitz, Josef Sudek
11-19-09 The NY Review of Books--"The Mighty Penn" by Martin Fuller
- The Mighty Penn by Martin Fuller
Penn was assured a high place in the canon of photography well before his death at the age of 92. For those of us who came of age during the 60s, he seemed the Apollonian counterpart of his Dionysian contemporary and competitor, Richard Avedon.
4-11-02 The NY Review of Books "Nudes Without Desire" by Janet Malcolm
- "Nudes Without Desire" by Janet Malcolm
The mystery of the 6-year unconsummated marriage of John Ruskin and Effie Gray, annulled in 1854, after Effie revealed to her father that Ruskin had still not '[made] me his Wife.' He had imagined women were quite different from what he saw I was."